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[uh-wey-kuh n] /əˈweɪ kən/
verb (used with or without object)
to awake; waken.
Origin of awaken
before 900; Middle English awak(e)nen, Old English awæcnian earlier onwæcnian. See a-1, waken
Related forms
awakenable, adjective
awakener, noun
reawaken, verb
well-awakened, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her heart ached with a reawakened sense of the cruel unfairness of life.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • All the latent tenderness in that fierce heart had reawakened.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • Constance turned toward him with an air of reawakened interest.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • The change in him startled her and reawakened all the love she'd ever felt for him.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Public curiosity was reawakened and that evening the circus was crowded.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • To their reawakened spirits the matter was the plainest of plain sailing.

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  • Her face was pale, and there was something in her expression which reawakened his old anxiety.

  • Hugo's emotional life was reawakened when he walked into the mills.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
Word Origin and History for reawakened



Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.

Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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